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THE WINNER: Alli Cash
School: Shawnee Mission West (Overland Park, Kan.)
Athletic achievement: The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, Cash raced to a second consecutive Class 6A individual state championship this past season with a time of 14:02.80, leading the Vikings to third place as a team. Also the two-time Bob Timmons Award winner as the state meet’s top performer, Cash placed sixth at the Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional championships in 18:15.33. She concluded the season unbeaten against Kansas competition.
Academic excellence: Cash has maintained a 4.57 weighted GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and her school’s dance team, she has volunteered locally on behalf of a soup kitchen as well as her school’s Cadet Teaching peer-mentoring program and the Johnson County Christmas Bureau food and clothing drive.
“In the simplest terms: 30 to 60 seconds,” said Shawnee Mission West head coach Jeff Onnen. “Nobody in the state of Kansas came any closer than that in any race she ran this fall. She was simply at a completely different level than anyone else in Kansas this year and will probably go down as one of, if not the most dominant female distance runner to ever come out of Kansas.”
THE FUTURE: Cash remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.